With the support of her mother, Egyptian athlete Samar Hamza (27) has been able to face her challenges squarely to get where she is today.
“My sports career started when I was 13, Samar Hamza said, “My sports career started by doing karate. But I wanted to win an Olympic medal, so I decided to be a wrestler. Being a professional wrestler was difficult; I went through many difficulties and stages. My mother supported and motivated me. I represented Egypt at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. I have participated in many international championships. I won the gold medal in her event at the 2022 African Wrestling Championships held in El Jadida, Morocco and one of the bronze medals in the 76 kg event at the 2022 Mediterranean Games held in Oran, Algeria.”
“Gender bias in sports must change.”
Samar Hamza noted that female athletes are not welcomed in the
Arab world. “I have been subjected to many criticisms. I have tried to prove that women can also do any sport. Gender bias in sports must change, and I am trying to change it. I want to create awareness in my society. Parents do not want their daughters to be wrestlers. For this reason, the number of women wrestlers is low in Egypt.”
Samar Hamza quit wrestling because she could not achieve the success she wanted at the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, but she did not give up, thanks to her friends. “As an Egyptian wrestler, I had limited opportunities. Despite the limited opportunities, I became the first Egyptian woman to reach the World Championship final in Serbia.”
Samra Hamza now works hard to compete at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. “I want to win an Olympic medal at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, and I am working hard now to win it.”